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Samsung’s Creativity Wins Awards at Cannes 2017

July 3, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity spans eight days of keynotes and workshops, as well as the coveted Lions Awards ceremony where the world’s leading creatives from the advertising, marketing, film, fashion and technology industries are recognized for their avant-garde creations. This year, Samsung’s ‘Ostrich’ commercial received praise, taking home seven prestigious Lions Awards for its creative excellence.

The Golden Ostrich

Samsung Electronics’ creative efforts received top marks for its Galaxy S8 flagship ad, ‘Ostrich’, which took home three gold awards, as well as two silver and two bronze. Samsung collected the golden hat-trick under the film craft category for best direction, animation, and visual effects.

The ‘Ostrich’ commercial shows an ostrich who learns to fly after donning a Samsung Gear VR headset and launching a virtual flight simulator. The #DoWhatYouCant campaign and “Ostrich” ad tap into the basic human urge to push beyond what is normal and demonstrate the company’s commitment to providing products and services that allow people to break boundaries and do the incredible.

A Brand Evolution

The Galaxy brand continues to evolve from one focused on product and engineering prowess to one focused on providing human benefits for everyday people. To achieve this transition, a team of specialists first consolidated the brand image before later exploring creative campaign themes with people, not products, as the main focus.

Pio Schunker, SVP of Global Brand Marketing Group, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics(second to right),

on stage at the Lumiere Theatre discussing the evolution of Samsung’s strategy to humanize the brand.

This change in direction resulted in the successful “Sink” advertisement released with the launch of the Galaxy S7, and was reinforced by the 2016 Rio Olympics campaigns, “Anthem” and “Chant”. The brand’s new trajectory culminated in the development of the “New Normal” and “Ostrich” ads, which were well-received by customers and audiences worldwide.

Atelier Samsung: A Creative Hotspot

Samsung’s Cannes 2017 presence also included “Atelier Samsung”, a collaborative space featuring interactive sessions and seminars that showcased the power of creativity and immersed visitors in Samsung’s mobile ecosystem.

Atelier Samsung’s engaging slate of events included a session featuring YouTube sensation Casey Neistat, director Spike Jonze and visual artist Shantell Martin, who discussed the future of content creation and how Samsung’s products empower creators to produce dynamic material.

The creative space also hosted the premiere of Samsung and Vice Media’s ‘Beyond the Frame’, a new series that brings together musicians, artists and directors to produce content that utilizes virtual reality to foster immersive storytelling.

To demonstrate this fact, Samsung extended its technology to some of the industry’s most prolific and popular creators, such as Casey Neistat, Devin Graham and Karlie Kloss, as well as Jesse Wellens, Marques Brownlee, Raya Encheva, Akilah Hughes and Davin Graham, to capture and share their Cannes Lions experiences in high quality videos, filmed on the Galaxy S8.


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